Hymenostilbe nutans

Hymenostilbe nutans

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bhutan Cordyceps

In the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Bhutan) there is a unique fungus that grows on caterpillars above 4000 metres. It's been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Asian Medicine and is more expensive than gold. I was recently in Hong Kong and saw Cordyceps sinensis selling for up to US$80,000 a kilo. Even the local collectors have been getting upwards of US12000 a kilo this year for their harvest. Bhutan Pharmaceuticals Private Limited has been set up to explore the fungal diversity of Bhutan as a source of new metabolites. This blog will let the World know what we are up to.